Paco de Lucia is a Google Doodle

Paco de Lucía
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Paco de Lucía

The immortal flamenco guitarist was born 69 years ago today

Paco de Lucia is being honored with a Google Doodle, in celebration of his birthday today (Dec. 21).

The Google animation depicts the Spanish guitar hero in a typical white shirt with puffy sleeves and a black vest, with the spotlight shining on his high forehead as he plays, fingers flying.

The transcendent, pioneering flamenco guitarist would have been 69 years old. He died of a heart attack in 2014.


Hoy @google homenajea a #PacodeLucía. Hoy habría cumplido 69 años. #gracias

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Google is further celebrating De Lucia, who influenced artists around the world, with a virtual exhibition on its Arts & Culture channel that will include archival photos and videos. The Internet homage was curated by De Lucia biographer José Téllez and produced by the Google Cultural Institute in partnership with the Andalusian Flamenco Institute.

This evening, a reception with live music inaugurating the exhibition and celebrating De Lucia’s birthday will be held in Algeciras, Spain, the guitar great’s hometown and the place where he was laid to rest.


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